December 28 - Year-end Message

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Check out this year-end message from Pastor Bill!

Warm Greetings Church Family,

I thought I'd send my personal greetings by video. Please take 2 minutes to watch it. 

See you soon!

Pastor Bill 

PS: This Sunday, January 1 is Kickoff Sunday. What better way to start a New Year than to gather together and worship our King and hear a great message from our guest speaker Nick Hall. Nick is a key voice to this generation and leads a ministry called Pulse. His message will be called "Reset" There will also be pizza and other activities in the lobby after services. There will not be the Packer game on the big screens as the game was moved from noon to 7:30 pm. Invite others to come with you.

November 17 - Wrapping Up and Going Forward

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Only two messages remain in the Thy/My Kingdom Come series. This Sunday we will look deeper at the reality that our kingdom is in constant conflict with His Kingdom with the message Kingdoms In Conflict.  It is a battle.  The war is real.  We’ll explore how to stay engaged in the battle and grow in coming under His rule and reign and not our own.  Part of the message addresses how a person enters the Kingdom.  Please invite others you know who may not yet be “in” the Kingdom!

Jill Briscoe joins us on November 27 on the topic of Royal Citizens.  She will help us understand the changes and transitions that take place when you leave one kingdom to enter another. As someone who grew up in England and then became a U.S. citizen, she knows how different one country can be from another. The Kingdom Of God is radically different from the kingdom of this world. 

December brings a four-week series called The King.  Each week we’ll dig into what the King of the Kingdom of God is like.

I look forward to journeying with you and learning together!

See you Sunday,

Pastor Bill

 P.S.     Due to uncontrollable construction delays, the December 3 open house is rescheduled to January.  Will let you know the date when it is confirmed.  The King is Born: A Night of Worship will still take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on December 3.  Great opportunity to invite others! 

 

October 20 - What Could Be Better Than This?

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A new series begins Sunday called Thy/My Kingdom Come.  Did you know the central theme of Jesus’ teaching and earthly ministry was about The Kingdom?  It is believed as many as eleven parables Jesus told were about The Kingdom.  Because it is so important to Jesus, we want to better understand what it looks like to live our daily lives as citizens of that Kingdom.  Learning about it is much better than any Packer game….I promise!

Here is a forecast:

October 23                        The Kingdom Revealed

October 30                        What’s It Like?  The Sower, Seed and Soil

November 6                      What’s It Like? Humility & Forgiveness

November 13                    What’s It Like? The Culture of Kingdom Living

November 20                    Kingdoms in Conflict

November 27                    Royal Citizens (guest speaker Jill Briscoe)

This is a great opportunity to invite friends to help them understand the greatness of God’s Kingdom.  Another opportunity to invite friends is Freud’s Last Session, a play presented by GoFish Productions from Milwaukee and hosted by Christ The Rock the first two weekends in November.  For tickets or more information visit http://www.freudtickets.com/index.html .

See you Sunday – be sure to come early – ready to worship and learn!

Pastor Bill

October 10 - Missionfest

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Missionfest begins this weekend!  On Sunday, October 9, we’ll hear from guest speaker, Bob Lenz, as he shares What is The Gospel and Why Does it Matter as part of the Best News Ever seriesGuest artists, Cloverton, join Bob to lead us in worship.  The series continues next Sunday, October 16, with guest speaker, Dr. Todd Ahrend, on the topic Those Who Have Never Heard.  You may remember Todd from last year’s Missionfest.  Details for his afternoon workshop:

FREE Missionfest Seminar

  • Lunch provided
  • October 16, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • The seminar covers how to effectively share the gospel with those of Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist religions.
  • Dr. Todd Ahrend will give us useful tools to engage and understand these different worldviews, and ultimately reach them for Jesus.
  • Please RSVP by October 10

Please join us!

Pastor Bill

September 8 - Back to Normal

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I enjoy and appreciate summer as much as anyone.  But I am also glad when it is over and we can get back to a “normal” schedule. 

This Sunday Nancy Beach will speak on the Seasons of Life.  Nancy’s two daughters will join her for a drama illustrating the message.  Nancy was a teaching pastor at Willow Creek for over 20 years and led their creative ministries.  Come expecting a very encouraging message from Nancy no matter your season of life!

We launch theBest News Ever series on September 18.  As I pray and prepare for these messages, I’m excited for how the content of this series will impact our church Body. 

As we get back to a regular schedule, it is also time to consider how to be involved in serving, joining a small group or taking a class.  There are still many great opportunities to serve in Son Harbor.  Please pray about your participation and email Jenn Johnson or call her at the office.

In expectation,

Pastor Bill

July 7 - Soul Training

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Our new series, Soul Training, launches this Sunday.  We’ll take eight weeks to explore tools God gives us to help us get spiritually healthy.  Paul told Timothy that bodily exercise profits a little bit, but spiritual exercise benefits us greatly in this life and in the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8).  The Bible gives us clear guidance on how true and lasting growth happens.  I hope you have a hunger inside you to continue to be transformed and move toward all He has for you.  I strongly believe He will use this series to help us become more like Christ.  I hope we will all prioritize being there each week for consistency.  If you do have to miss because you are out of town, be sure to listen online.

Here is the line-up:

  • Start the Change
  • Stop Trying
  • Go Slow
  • Go Fast
  • Be Quiet
  • Throw a Party
  • Come Clean
  • Going the Distance

The titles alone compel me to want to be there!  I hope they compel you as well.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Bill

P.S. It’s not too early to consider taking a class or joining a small group in the fall.  Many classes and groups will kick off in September.  The Character Development class is one of many great offerings. Watch for more information in the bulletin and website.

June 9 - Relationship WITH God

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I sincerely hope you will have some great vacation time with your family and friends. I also hope you have a desire to stay connected to your church family. If you miss a Sunday service, you can listen to the message online as well as stay informed on what is happening at CTR. Online giving is an option if you're out of town and miss a Sunday.

June 12 we begin a three-week series examining our relationship WITH God from these angles:

  1. Life from God.
  2. Life for God.
  3. Life with God. 

It is a short series, but I'm excited about what we'll learn together. Our worship leaders are praying diligently about the song lineup that will flow thematically to reinforce the messages. We'll have a bit more time for the worship part of these services.  I am looking forward to it!

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Bill

PS. There has been a pretty good response to helping in Son Harbor for the summer, but we still have some pressing needs. We are asking you to consider stepping in to minister to our children for just 6 weeks this summer. We still need 15 to 20 people for this Sunday. We need about 20 for the following Sunday. If some of these gaps aren’t filled, we may not be able to open up certain classes. Most of the needs are with the younger children under 5.

May 26 - Upcoming Messages

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We conclude our Generous Love series this Sunday with Generous Love…For My Enemy.  Jesus tells us we are to love our enemies and even do good to them and pray for them…but what does that look like in real life?  Apart from the message, we will hear from someone who very recently went through a horrible tragedy and has chosen to forgive.  Also, our  guest worship leaders, Syrian refugees currently living in Milwaukee, will share some of their experiences as believers in Syria, including witnessing someone close to them being killed by ISIS.   I’m certain we will all be deeply moved by these powerful stories. 

Can you believe Christ The Rock will be 34 years old the first Sunday in June?  We have so many memories and so many stories of life change.  We will hear some of those stories on Sunday, June 5, as well as an extended time of worship after the message to celebrate the goodness and faithfulness of our great and awesome God.  We’ll also take a peak into the future and wonder together what God has for us next.  It will be a wonderful birthday celebration!

Pastor Bill

P.S. Our ministry partner in India, Murli Menon, sent us a video encouraging us to love our enemies. Please watch Murli

May 12 - Next Few Weeks

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I never cease to be amazed by God’s creation, especially in the spring when everything comes alive again.  It’s a great picture of how God always brings new life and freshness in our lives.  Makes me want to worship!

Speaking of worship, I always look forward to Sundays when we gather to worship King Jesus and study His Word.  There is something special about doing this “together”.   This Sunday, May 15, we’ll continue our current series with Generous Love…For The Stranger.  I’ll have a brief teaching followed by a guest panel which includes Matt Soerens from World Relief.  The refugee and immigration crisis in our world is bigger than ever, and we need to be on the front lines of addressing it. 

Though I joke a lot about my brother, Bob, I have the utmost respect for him and as a speaker.  We’re privileged to have Bob speak on May 22 on the topic of Generous Love…For the Outsider, when he’ll share how to effectively reach out to family, friends and others who don’t know Jesus yet.  You’ll be inspired and equipped.  Then on May 29 is Generous Love…For My Enemy.  Yup – that is one of the radical things Jesus taught.  It’s common for us to love those who love us and are like us, but Jesus said, “I say to you, love your enemies…..”.  We’ll explore what that looks like in real life.

Be sure to check CTRisIN for stories and updates about the [IN] Initiative.  Please submit your stories--we’d love to hear how God is growing you through [IN].

See you Sunday,

Pastor Bill

 

P.S.        Save the Date!!  Membership/volunteer vision update meeting on June 5.  Details to follow.

April 10 - Baptism

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Christ The Rock hosted a Baptism at both services on April 10.

During First Service, 17 people were baptized and 22 were baptized during Second Service for a total of 39 people entering the waters of Baptism!

Baptism is a way to publicly identify with Christ's death, burial and resurrection. For more information on Baptism, please visit our Life Events page

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